Personally I love these threads and read the various arguments pro and con with great interest.
So keep the fires stoked, my Buddha-homies.
I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, seen as a person of great compassion by some and a monstrous supporter of industrialized-torture-factories by others. The views of either don't influence my eating habits either way.
Oh yeah: about once every six weeks or so I consume a hamburger because I have this superstitious belief that every time I do so, one of those angry preachy vegan types chokes to death on a rice cake.